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DOD to include red cross emblem on some Common Access Cards

Posted June 20, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

By late July, the Defense Department will issue the Geneva Conventions Common Access Card with a red cross emblem to military personnel and DOD civilian employees in certain medical, medical auxiliary or religious occupational specialties, a Pentagon official said today. During an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Sam Yousef, program…

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DOD holds Pride Month celebration

Posted June 13, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

DOD photo /Glenn Fawcett Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work delivers remarks at the 2014 Defense Department Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month ceremony at the Pentagon, June 5, 2014. Work emphasized the importance of diversity within the department as he delivered the keynote address to hundreds of attendees. The Defense Department (DOD) and the…

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Commission seeks service members’ compensation preferences

Posted June 6, 2014 by American Forces Press Service

The commission tasked by President Barack Obama and Congress to modernize military compensation and benefits programs is seeking input from service members on their preferences. Alphonso Maldon Jr., chairman of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, said understanding service members’ compensation preferences is central to the commission’s effort to craft modernization recommendations. “Our primary…

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DOD emphasizes importance of summer safety

Posted May 30, 2014 by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

WASHINGTON, – As the summer season approaches, the Defense Department (DOD) is redoubling its efforts to promote safety and emphasize responsibility to all service members and their families, DOD’s director of personnel risk reduction said here today. During a joint interview with the American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Leonard Litton discussed the…

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The mind behind the man behind AFN news

Posted May 23, 2014 by George A. Smith

With a relatively straight face and a moderately cocked eyebrow he describes the entertainment shows on American Forces Network (AFN) television as “the awkward gaps between news.”

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DOD values civilian employees’ contributions

Posted May 16, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Defense Department greatly appreciates the contributions of its civilian employees as it works toward achieving more efficiency across the workforce, a senior personnel official told a Senate homeland security and governmental affairs panel May 6. Paige Hinkle-Bowles, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for civilian personnel policy, appeared before a subcommittee…

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DOD salutes children during military child month

Posted April 11, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

The Defense Department believes military children serve their country alongside their service member parents, DOD’s director of the office of family policy/children and youth said. When military children serve, they do so by making sacrifices when parents are deployed, through frequent moves, starting new schools and making new friends on a continuing basis, Barbara Thompson…

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CSAF: Every budget decision hurts

Posted March 21, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The U.S. Air Force is the finest in the world, “and we need to keep it that way,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, said March 14. The Air Force’s fiscal 2015 budget request was built to ensure its combat power remains unequaled, Welsh told members of the House Armed…

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Defense budget proposal inactivates March squadron

Posted March 14, 2014 by Linda Welz

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christine Jones U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez, 4th Combat Camera Squadron, shows digital photographs to an Afghan soldier in Shabila Kalan, Zabul province, Afghanistan. Monday’s release of the Defense Department’s fiscal 2015 budget request includes the inactivation of the 4th Combat Camera Squadron located at March…

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Military Saves week approaches

Posted February 21, 2014 by

This year’s Military Saves Week begins 24 February and concludes 1 March. It is a great opportunity for service members and their families to insure financial readiness through incentivized savings accounts and available services at financial institutions, as well as the resources provided through the Military Saves Campaign. Military Saves is a social marketing campaign…

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